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Scotland Saltire Scholarships (SSS)-2016

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AwardScholarship worth £4,000
EligibilityCandidates seeking admission to Scottish university for undergraduate, Masters or PhD level course
RegionAbroad
Scholarship provider contact details

ScotlandsSaltireScholarships@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

What is Scotland Saltire Scholarships (SSS)-2016?

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships (SSS) is a substantial programme of scholarships, offered on a matched funding basis between the Scottish Government and Scottish Higher Education Institutions. The scheme offers up to 100 awards, each worth £4000. These are towards the tuition fees, for any one year of full time study, on an Undergraduate, Masters or PhD course at any of Scotland’s higher education institutions.

The scholarships are designed to support the promotion of Scotland as a learning nation and a science nation and are therefore targeted at the priority sectors of creative industries, life sciences, technology, financial services and renewable and clean energy (find out what study options are available). These are available across key priority countries:

  • Canada
  • China
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • United States of America

The scholarships are available to students as part of a wider strategy to promote Scotland as a study destination and showcase Scotland’s higher education offering in international markets.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

Eligibility Rules

In order to be eligible for a Saltire Scholarship, candidates must:

  • Have a conditional or unconditional offer of a place at a Scottish university on an eligible course before an application can be considered.
  • Be a citizen of Canada, India, Pakistan, USA or the People's Republic of China (Hong Kong also being eligible as it is a Special Administrative Region of China).
  • Be able to demonstrate that they can meet the costs of living in Scotland and the remaining tuition fees.
  • Complete an application form and submit it to their selected institution by the closing date of 1st May 2016.
  • Not have previously studied for a full undergraduate degree in Scotland.
  • Not have previously received a Saltire Scholarship.

Eligible courses:

  • The course must be an undergraduate, Masters or PhD  level course in one of the following broad subject areas: Science, technology, creative industries, financial services, renewable and clean energy.
  • Courses must be full time and delivered in Scotland. Online, distance learning or courses delivered at a Scottish university campus overseas are not eligible for the scholarship.

How can you apply ?

Application can be done online only.

FAQs

1. What are the Saltire Scholarships? 

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships (SSS) is a programme of scholarships run by the Scottish Government. The scheme offers up to 100 awards, each worth £4,000 towards the tuition fees of successful applicants.

2. What level of study are the scholarships available for?

Scholarships are available for a one year full time Undergraduate, Masters or PhD course at any of Scotland’s higher education institutions. Please click here to see Scotland's higher education institutions

Please note, Saltire Scholarships are not available for students of The Open University in Scotland. 

3.  What subjects can I study?

The scholarships are designed to support the promotion of Scotland as a learning nation and a science nation and are therefore targeted at the priority sectors of:

  • Creative industries
  • Life sciences
  • Technology
  • Financial services
  • Renewable and clean energy

This list is not exclusive and applications for courses in broader subject areas will be considered. Please check with your institution to see what courses are covered.  Examples on the list of subjects that can be studied can be found here.

4. Are the scholarships limited to specific countries?

Yes, the priority countries are:

  • Canada
  • China
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • United States of America

(Hong Kong is also eligible as it is a Special Administrative Region of China)

5. I come from a country not mentioned above, can I still apply?

Unfortunately, at this time Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships (SSS) are only available to citizens and permanent residents of Canada, China, Pakistan, India and North America.

6. What does ‘Citizen’ mean?

A citizen is defined as being entitled by birth or naturalization to the protection of a state or nation.  A native, inhabitant, or denizen of a particular place. A native registered or naturalized member of a state, nation, or other political community

7. What does ‘permanent resident’ mean?

A permanent resident is someone who has acquired permanent resident status by immigrating to a country, but is not yet a full citizen of that country. Permanent residents have certain rights and privileges in that country  even though they remain citizens of their home country.  A person in a country temporarily, such as an international student or a temporary foreign worker, is not a permanent resident.

Please note that each of the eligible countries will set their own criteria for permanent residency.  For further information on this please check the website of the immigration agency in these countries. 

8. Can I apply for a Saltire Scholarship at another UK institution?

No, the Scottish Government funds the Saltire Scholarship programme and you would need to study at a Scottish institution.

9. What does the Scholarship award cover?

The scheme offers up to 100 awards, each worth £4,000, towards the cost of tuition fees of a one-year full time Undergraduate, Masters or PhD course at any of Scotland’s higher education institutions.

10. What about the remainder of the tuition fee cost and other living expenses?

Any additional costs and expenses are the responsibility of the student

11. Can I study part time or by distance learning from home?

No, courses must be full time and delivered in Scotland. Not online or by distance learning.

12. How do I apply?

You should complete the application form which is available from Monday 1st February 2016. The application process for 2016 will close on May 1st 2016.

13. Do I need to apply to my university before hand?

Yes, you need an unconditional or conditional offer from your university before your application can be considered.

14. Do I need to supply any other documentation with my application?

No, but your university may ask for further documentation at a later date.

15. I have previously been awarded the Saltire Scholarship, can I apply again?

No, the scholarship can only be awarded once.

16. I have been awarded a scholarship from my university and or other source, can I also apply for the Saltire Scholarship?

Yes, but it would be at the discretion of the university whether you would be awarded more than one.

17. The course I am taking lasts for 2 years, would I get the scholarship for both years?

No, the scholarship is for 1 year only.

18. I am currently studying at a Scottish Institution can I apply for the scholarship?

No, the scholarship is to encourage new international students to come to Scotland and you must not have studied undergraduate or postgraduate in Scotland before.

19. How do I find out about Visa / Immigration arrangements?

The Study in Scotland website has a lot of information on the procedures and criteria on immigration arrangements for foreign students. This information can be found here.

20. Is there a closing date for applications?

Yes, the closing date for applications is Sunday 1st May 2016 at Midnight GMT.

21. When will I be informed of the decision?

Your university will inform you shortly after the closing date.

22. If I have more questions, whom should I contact?

In the first instance, you should contact the university you are applying to. You can also email the Saltire Scholarship mailbox: ScotlandsSaltireScholarships@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Terms and Conditions

What Can I Study?

The scholarships are designed to support the promotion of Scotland as a learning nation and a science nation and are therefore targeted at the priority sectors of:

  • Creative industries
  • Life sciences
  • Technology
  • Financial services
  • Renewable and clean energy

This includes a wide range of subjects across all of Scotland’s universities and higher education institutions.

The list below is intended as a guide to priority subject areas and is not a list of courses. This list is not exclusive and applications for courses in broader subject areas will be considered. Please check with your institution to see what courses are covered.

Examples of subject areas include:

 

Architecture

  • Architectural Design
  • Urban Design
  • Built Environment
  • Landscape
  • Architecture

Arts and Humanities

  • Archaeology
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Classics
  • History
  • Literature

Clean and Renewable Energy

  • Sustainable Engineering
  • Renewable Energy
  • Biomass / Bio fuels
  • Hydro / Solar / Tidal / Wind power

Communications, Media and Culture

  • Broadcasting
  • Film
  • Animation
  • Journalism
  • Cultural
  • Publishing
  • New Media Studies

Design

  • Graphic
  • Industrial
  • Interior
  • Fashion
  • Computer Games/Computer Arts

Earth Sciences

  • Environment
  • Energy
  • Geology
  • Weather and Climate

Financial Services

  • Accountancy
  • Investment
  • Asset Management
  • Finance
  • Banking
  • Economics

Music and the Performing Arts

  • Dance
  • Music
  • Theatre / Drama
  • Opera

Physical and Life Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Animals / Zoology
  • Biology
  • Plants / Botany
  • Health Sciences
  • Bio technology

Technology

  • Software
  • Engineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Information
  • Systems
  • Multimedia
  • Engineering
  • Computers

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